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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Make Today the First Day of the End of Your Life

Did you get up this morning without thinking this is a special day? Did you go through your routines that come with every day? This day has a better chance of being wasted if you don't use every minute of it effectively. It's amazing what can be done in a day when it treated as special.

Our days are numbered. We will not be on this earth that long. The effect we leave behind will not last through the next generation if we don't take each day seriously. We order the events in our day to fit within our calling. We listen to our Lord to know what we should do each day. We set out to make this day special. God intervenes. We listen again. We set out again to fulfill His will.

Our days are fulfilling because they are full. They give us our work and recreation. They are both serious and fun. They are playful and accomplishing what we are called to do. We do not dilly dally. We do not spend time surfing the net for no reason at all. We do not channel surf before our televisions. We balance recreation and work. We spend appropriate time with hygiene, meals and exercise. We are on a mission. We do not waste the day.

Fun becomes more fun because we have not diluted it with wasted time. We can intensely throw ourselves into our relationships, our play and our work because they are ordered outside of ourselves. We listen to our Lord who balances our lives perfectly. He gives our lives intensity because we walk with Him daily. He does not want us to waste a day.

The end will come some day. We will look back and see what we have done with our Lord; for our Lord. It will be for His glory. It will be more than we could have ever imagined having done without Him. It will be much more than we could have planned for ourselves. In the end we will go to our reward fulfilled; looking forward to this reward. We will not regret our days nor will we fear our destination.

And it will all be glorious because each day was so special.

James 4:13-17 (NIV)
13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17  Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

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